Missouri - State Models and Supports: Model Policy, Resources, Supports

Area: 
Model Policies, Resources, And Supports
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.

Missouri Revised Statutes 167.700 Involvement of parents and families, state board and school districts to adopt policies

  1. The state board shall, in consultation with the boards of education of school districts, educational personnel, local associations, and organizations of parents whose children are enrolled in public schools throughout this state and individual parents and legal guardians whose children are enrolled in public schools throughout this state, adopt a policy by December 1, 2005, which encourages effective involvement by parents and families in support of their children and the education of their children. The policy adopted by the state board must be considered when the board:

    • (1) Consults with the boards of education of school districts in the adoption of policies pursuant to subsection 3 of this section; and

    • (2) Interacts with school districts, public schools, educational personnel, parents and legal guardians of pupils, and members of the general public in carrying out its duties pursuant to this title.

  2. The policy adopted by the state board pursuant to subsection 1 of this section must include the following elements and goals:

    • (1) Promotion of regular, two-way, meaningful communication between home and school;

    • (2) Promotion and support of responsible parenting;

    • (3) Recognition of the fact that parents and families play an integral role in assisting their children to learn;

    • (4) Promotion of a safe and open atmosphere for parents and families to visit the school that their children attend and active solicitation of parental and familial support and assistance for school programs;

    • (5) Inclusion of parents as full partners in decisions affecting their children and families; and

    • (6) Availability of community resources to strengthen and promote school programs, family practices, and the achievement of pupils.

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